Hidden in the South East corner of New South Wales lies the magical Snowy Mountains region. Envisage dramatic mountain summits perfectly acclimatized for skiers, tranquil Forests and National Parks ready for exploring, and fresh local produce on offer in niche and humble towns.
The area was hard-hit this past bushfire season, but locals have worked hard to restore the area back to its former glory. A holiday to this enchanting part of Australia will not only support the locals, but offer something for everyone and anyone to enjoy.
Begin your adventure of “The Snowies” with a visit to Gundagai (about a 4-hour drive south west of Sydney). The picturesque town has a rich cultural history that you can discover on the Gundagai Architectural Heritage Walk. Perhaps one of its most famous historic monuments is the famed Dog on the Tucker Box.
Enjoy a few days of much needed respite in this quiet town with ample options available for luxury accommodation or boutique stays. The Kimo Estate is truly a memorable stay with amazing views across the 7000-acre property.
Next on your journey is a visit to Tumut. This particular region is popular for exceptional farm-to-table produce, so don’t be afraid to explore the local wineries and cafes. Sample some craft beer at Tumut River Brewing Co, the locally owned and operated brewery. Plus, make sure you take the time to visit Blowering Dam, the biggest dam in New South Wales.
Continuing south, we suggest stopping in Batlow to visit Wilgro Orchard to try homemade pies and sparkling juice made from local produce. Then onto Courabyra Wines in Tumbarumba to sample world-class premium wines coupled with impeccable scenery of the Snowy Mountains (And for those seeking the easy way there, why not fly by helicopter). We suggest at least a couple of days in the area to truly explore the breadth of culinary delights on offer.
Insider Tip: Time your trip just right to attend the annual Batlow Cider Festival featuring the best boutique ciders around the country (Usually held in May you can also expect a beautiful autumn atmosphere).
What better place to end your journey than in the beautiful town of Jindabyne. To make the most of your experience here we recommend nature viewing via horseback, sipping schnapps at the Wildbrumby Distillery located in the Alpine region and visiting the Yarrangobilly Caves to swim in natural thermal springs in the neighbouring Kosciuszko National Park. Jindabyne is also your gateway to nearby snowfields like Thredbo and Perisher; so it’s a great place to stay if you’re looking to extend your holiday to enjoy some skiing.
The Snowy Mountains is truly a beautiful region. Make sure you get the most out of your visit to this enchanting area with a custom-curated itinerary by one of our expert travel advisers. Our advisers are some of the most experienced in the industry, and with their knowledge and expertise, they can create your perfect holiday catered to your personal requests.
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This itinerary was curated by Elise Bradbury, Jamison Plaza Travel Associates »
Credit: "No Bad Days", photo by Robbie Duncan